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Job advertisement PhD student in Physical Geography: Permafrost landscape classification

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PhD student in Physical Geography: Permafrost landscape classification

PhD student in Physical Geography: Permafrost landscape classification

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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University

The Department of Physical Geography is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 110 employees and educates approximately 1 000 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection and management. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in a very diverse and international department.


Stockholm, Sweden


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
28 February 2024

3 February 2024

Job description

The northern permafrost region has been projected to shift from a net sink of greenhouse gases to a net source under global warming. However, annual permafrost region budgets of the main greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, and N2O) are highly uncertain. This PhD student would work to create improved geospatial databases of permafrost landscapes to improve assessments of monthly to annual greenhouse gas budgets of the permafrost region. The research contributes to the CALIPSO project funded under Schmidt Futures as well as assessment of the permafrost region greenhouse gas budgets carried out within the REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes-2 (RECCAP2) project.

The PhD student will work with the compilation and analyses of different types of geodata for permafrost landscape characterisation and classification across broad scales. The work of the PhD student will include mapping geomorphology, surface hydrology, vegetation dynamics and phenology, freeze-thaw spatial and temporal dynamics. The products and increased understanding generated by the PhD-student will be used in CALIPSO and RECCAP2 to support land surface modelling and greenhouse gas upscaling across permafrost landscapes.

How to apply

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system, where you can find detailed information on qualification requirements, selection process, and how to apply: